Winter Wonderland: Five Family Activities Exclusive to the Season

Stephanie Peterson with The Utah Mama’s Handbook helps us embrace Utah’s “Winter Wonderland” with five great family activities.

Winter Trails Day

Saturday, Jan 10th

Mountain Dell Golf Course

Have you ever wanted to learn how to skate ski or snowshoe but did not know where to start? Join REI, the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation and the Utah Nordic Alliance for a day of free cross country skiing lessons, snowshoe tours and more. All activities are free but require advance registration. Registration begins January 1st, 2009 Guided Snowshoe Hikes! Join us for a peek into the winter wonderland of the Wasatch Mountains! The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation will provide basic snowshoeing instruction and insight into winter ecology and watersheds. A beginner and family friendly event!

Tour with a Ranger

Saturday, Jan 17th

Alta, Solitude, Snowbird and Brighton Resorts

1:30 pm

Learn more about where you love to ski or snowboard… Join a highly trained volunteer from the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation for an informative and fun ski or snowboard down a groomed run. They will discuss the fascinating local mining history, public lands, watershed and winter ecology! This program is FREE and operates weekends and holidays.


Alta: Meet bottom of Cecret Lift 1:30 p.m.

Brighton: Meet bottom of Snake Creek Lift 1:30 p.m.

Snowbird: Meet at Mid Gad map 1:30 p.m.

Solitude: Meet at top of Moonbeam 1:30 p.m.

Em’s Sprout House

Friday, Jan 23rd

Red Butte Garden (300 Wakara Way)

10:00 a.m.

Garden Adventures start promptly at 10 AM in Em’s Sprout House. Please keep in mind space is limited to 25 participants and available on a first come first served basis. Ages 4 – 12 are welcome with a caregiver. Please no infants. Members: $4 / Nonmembers: Regular Garden Admission +$6. No Registration Required

Tube ‘N Train

Fridays and Saturdays

January 2 – March 28

Heber Valley Railroad

Experience winter fun like you’ve never done before…combine a relaxing train ride with the rush of snow tubing on a 1,000-foot groomed hill with tow lift service! Board the Heber Valley Railroad for a scenic ride across the valley to Soldier Hollow, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Nordic Events. There, you’ll enjoy approximately 90 minutes of Utah’s best snow tubing before returning to the train depot. (Note: Return to Depot by bus, to allow the maximum amount of tubing time available.) Fare includes train ride, snow tube, tow lift pass and shuttle transfer. Food options are limited at the tubing hill. Pre-order a delicious boxed lunch or create your own lunch from the snack bar options on the train.


Soldier Hollow


Cruise the Olympic trails at a slower pace, or for those wanting to explore another aspect of Soldier Hollow, or for a nature photographer capturing the raptors or moose that frequent Soldier Hollow, snowshoeing is a great alternative to skiing.

Snowshoe along the edges of the groomed trail network, follow single track trails to vantage points like the Crow’s Nest, or forge your own trail – it’s all available at Soldier Hollow.

Rentals are available for $15 for adults and $8 for children, with trail passes $10 for adults and $5 for juniors. Snow boots are also available for rent for $10 for adults and $5 for juniors.

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